[Update: Not really] Motorola Moto G and Moto E series will likely be phased out
posted by Florin T. / Jan 12, 2016, 3:07 PM
Last week, Motorola and Lenovo confirmed that the "Motorola" brand would no longer be used on smartphones. But Motorola Mobility will still exist as a Lenovo subsidiary, with high-end handsets being released under the "Moto" brand, and mid-range and low-end models being gathered under the "Vibe" brand (which is already used by Lenovo).
According to some media reports, Lenovo also confirmed that the Moto G and Moto E series of smartphones would be phased out. However, the reports are based on an article from Sina (in Chinese - see the first source link below) which doesn't specifically say that the Moto G and Moto E series will disappear. Still, since these series don't include high-end devices, the new Moto-Vibe branding strategy will likely eliminate the Moto G and Moto E names anyway.
This year, Lenovo and Motorola Mobility are planning to release about 15 new Moto and Vibe smartphones. Assuming that the Moto G and Moto E series are indeed being phased out, we might still see successors to the latest models (Moto G 2015 and Moto E 2015), though these should be included in the Vibe series.
sources: Sina (translated), The Verge, Digital Trends
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Lenovo has started destruction of Motorola...First Motorola brand name goes, now well established phone series G & E. RIP Motorola. "This year, Lenovo and Motorola Mobility are planning to release about 15 new Moto and Vibe smartphones." Flood the market with similar phones and different names...decrease value of brand.
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 1:23 PM 14
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Samsung releases a new device every 87 seconds (totally proven fact) and the have one of the strongest brands in the industry. (I agree with you though, just saying it's not always the case.)
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 2:06 PM 5
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Just because Samsung isn't at the bottom doesn't mean they aren't being hurt by their poor product strategy. Samsung just hasn't felt any pressure to change because they are in such a unique place in the market being OEM for nearly every other manufacturer for at least some component. Surely if LG or Sony attempted the same shotgun strategy as Samsung, that'd be the end of either of those them. Not sure why Lenovo would purposely tank the value of the brand unless there is some other compelling reason they have to kill a cheap Motorola vs a normal Motorola...
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 8:26 PM 1
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Obviously the Motorola budget line-up is eating into the sales of Lenovo's offerings, that they have to resort to such a low-blow. As if changing them to Vibe is gonna make them as popular, if not better. Take away the Moto name, and you'll have no recognition from your regular consumers. Shame on you Lenovo. Shame on you. But at least now ur gonna drive ur budget customers away to other brands.
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 1:35 PM 0
The first Moto G was good, the latest ones are a bit crap. Not great value anymore, maybe they're struggling to make money from them.
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 2:10 PM 0
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why do you think they're crap dude?
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 3:11 PM 1
Because they are, crapdragon 410 and 720p display. Not much has changed. You can get the same specs for less, the value is not there anymore. £30 more and have 1080p, crapdragon 615, 32GB and 3GB of RAM. £30 less and get the same specs but for less. The Moto G is nothing special anymore when it comes to value, they also feel cheap.
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 5:33 PM 0
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Completely agree. I bought my brother an OG Moto G LTE (because microSD) and it was great. Was disappointed to see the later revisions of the E and G were nothing more than the same old hardware in a bigger phone....with the same quality display!!! Even though I didn't need it, I began actively seeking alternatives and I found a few. Where the G and E used to be cheap *and* a good deal, now they are just like all the other "cheap" phones, just cheap.
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 8:29 PM 0
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Even the name sounds foolish, Vibe. Is it short for vibrate/vibrat@r?
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 2:37 PM 1
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Well it sounds cool for me. What could Moto possibly be too?
posted on Jan 13, 2016, 8:30 AM 0
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Moto E & G user, loved both, simple, easy, clean. As for the name, Moto/Vibe, agree with #9 re: market presence but this is like discussing the merits of a vehicle based on its colour. You can call it a vibrat@r for all I care, if it ticks all the boxes on my lust list in a phone I will buy it
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 3:19 PM 1
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The original 1st Moto G was the best bang for buck phone on the market which I still own. But the Chinese OEM's offerings have taken over. Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and 3, Redmi 3, Letv X600 and X500, Meizu Metal. All better than Moto G now. In my country the 1st and 2nd gen Moto G had a launch price of around NZD$330. But the latest 3rd gen price is NZD$450!!! So the price increase doesn't make the Moto G very attractive anymore. I'm currently using the Redmi Note 3 and very happy with it. Cost me USD$199 for the 32GB/3GB version including shipping.
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 3:42 PM 0
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and the strongest one will come soon, the Redmi 3.. Lenovo's K4 note also cant beat Redmi Note 3 and Meizu M2 note price :-/ hope Lenovo+moto can make something like redmi 3 with waterproof and stereo front speaker for $150 lol
posted on Jan 12, 2016, 7:07 PM 0
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